The Obama administration has spoken out on human rights issues, but has not allowed it to derail efforts to deepen ties with China, the world's second-largest economy and a rising military power.
The Communist Party has presided over an economic boom that has lifted hundreds of millions from poverty in China. Access to the Internet and social media — albeit censored — has also offered new avenues for people to express their views in China, but the party retains a political monopoly.
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